Metal fabric

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Material analysis

CSI Number: 057020

Traditional uses

  • security, solar, partition or decorative screens
  • wall coverings
  • sunshades
  • a variety of functional applications
  • exterior facades
  • foundations
  • wind breaks
  • balustrades, stair and handrail systems
  • ceilings, wall, floor & column coverings
  • drapery
  • elevator cabs
  • grillwork
  • light diffusers and reflectors

Emerging uses / trends

  • space sculpting
  • Aesthetic architectural applications by incorporating color, texture and pattern.

Finish and aesthetic qualities

  • Most often produced in stainless steel, though a variety of metals can also be used. They include brass, bronze, copper, and custom alloys.
  • Degree of flexiblity, transparency, durability, width, weight, and texture vary per installation.
  • Color coating can be applied to stainless steel to create a variety of hues.
  • Reflective property of the surface can be altered by adjusting proceess parameters.
  • LED lights can be attached to metal fabric to create still images, animated images, and colors, which can be controlled via computer programming.

Surface forms / shapes

  • Attached to tensile structures to take on structure’s shape
  • Can hang freely from ceiling

Cost analysis

  • Can range from $10-$200/ sq ft. depending on detail, density of design and installation method
  • Custom per project

Material properties

Primary structural use

  • Non structural finish material.
  • Attached to tensile structure for aesthetic architectural applications in interiors and exteriors.
  • Three types of structural categories of metal fabrics are flexible one direction, flexible both directions, and rigid.

Material performance

  • High quality, noncorroding stainless steel requires no maintenance.
  • In some cases, the product may need to be wiped down with mild soap and water.
  • May be pressure washed if needed.

Dimensional and opening restriction

  • Custom cut to size
  • Maximum panel size 110’ x 26’

Manufacturing process and assembly

  • Machine woven stainless steel, copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum.

Environmental impact

  • 100% recyclable
  • Reduces solar radiation when used as sunshade
  • Extremely resilient and durable, resistant to scrathches, denting, and corrosion
  • Suitable for interior and exterior application


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Life Safety & Rating Standards

Flammability rating

  • Fire and heat resistant


Student contributions

  • Blair Dubak, spring 2008
  • Lori Anderson, fall 2005

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